Microsoft Office Accounting : DOA

If you are a user of Microsoft Office Accounting, you should probably sit down before reading any further.

Microsoft just announced that they are canning their whole Office Accounting package as of November 16th.

On the FAQ site, the official reason from Microsoft is that “…we have determined that existing free templates within Office used with Excel was a better option for small businesses, and the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products were appropriate for mid-range organizations.”

In addition, they’re yanking the Ebay and Equifax rug out, saying “Online sales from eBay and credit profile from Equifax will no longer be available after December 15, 2009. However, your customers will still be able to pay emailed invoices directly through PayPal.”

Paypal instead of Equifax? Yeesh.

Someone at Microsoft probably woke up this weekend and said “Hey, this product is so easy and stable and cheap, why the hell are we supporting it? Make the low end people buy the whole Office suite! And make the high end people buy the juggernaut called Dynamics! Mu ha ha ha ha!”

Ifya’ want to grab this one before it’s nuked forever, here’s a link to Micosoft’s download page or you can grab the express version directly here.

Here’s the direct link to the Microsoft PR announcement about the product.

RECALL : Alexia Foods Olive Oil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto Oven Reds

Another recall. This one from Alexia Foods. Their Olive Oil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto Oven Reds have some pine nuts as ingredients that wasn’t on the label.

The FDA notice reads… “Alexia Foods… is voluntarily recalling packages of its Alexia – Olive Oil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto Oven Reds (frozen seasoned potato wedges) for an undeclared allergen, pine nuts. This voluntary recall is limited to only packages of Alexia – Olive Oil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto Oven Reds bearing the following Sell By dates (shown below) printed on the upper left back panel of the poly package with the UPC # 34183 00108. No other Alexia frozen or shelf stable products are affected.
Sell By 5385050811               Sell By 5385050911
Sell By 5385051011               Sell By 5385051111”

Here’s the link to the official FDA recall notice.

Recall : Pointe Scientific Expanded Recall : Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent (G7517)

I posted this late last week, but now they’re expanding the recall/trash notice to ALL their kits. Not good. If a Pointe Scientific is on your cart or station, you might want to do a quick check against these numbers.

The new recall states… “Pointe Scientific… is initiating a nationwide recall of all size kits of Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent catalog number G7517.  The reagents have been found to fail linearity at >200mg/dL that results in inaccurate glucose values above this range. Distributors and testing laboratories who have received the Pointe Scientific, Inc Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent (G7517) which is being recalled should destroy remaining inventory.”

“The recall includes the following lot numbers:
Lot # 823901 (all batches)     Expiration:  2010-02
Lot # 826801 (all batches)     Expiration:  2010-03
Lot # 829401 (all batches)     Expiration:  2010-04
Lot # 831502 (all batches)     Expiration:  2010-05
Catalog #s:  G7517-120 (97 kits), G7517-500(129 kits), G7517-1L (31), 8-G7517-120 (15 vials), 8-G7517-500 (21vials), 3-G7517-L (28L), 7-G7517-500 (5 vials). 7-G7517-1000 (3bottles)
Lot #814301 (all batches)      Expiration:  2009-11
Lot# 820502 (all batches)       Expiration: 2010-01”

“Testing laboratories should consider all test results obtained with the lot numbers listed above to be questionable.  The laboratory should inform the patient’s attending physician, and determine, with their input, whether confirmation of the previous test results will be required.”

Here’s the link to the official FDA recall notice.